Green Infrastructure Specialist
About this Opportunity
This is an exciting opportunity to support an innovative multi-country project, Building Resilient Urban Communities in Asia. The project is influencing urban approaches to resilience across 4 countries. Implemented for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and local partners, it provides an opportunity to influence ADB’s and the sector’s approach to urban resilience by promoting a participatory governance and community lens, as well as influence and support municipalities and stakeholders on the ground to identify and define their resilience priorities. The project aims to give voice and agency to urban residents especially vulnerable and marginalized urban communities.
Oxfam is implementing an urban resilience project with funding support from the Asian Development Bank, under the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF). As part of the UCCRTF, Oxfam and partners are implementing ADB-RETA 9329: Promoting Urban Climate Change Resilience in Selected Asian Cities (Subproject 3), also referred to as ‘Building Resilient Urban Communities’ (BRUC).
BRUC is a pilot and development activity focused on community-led projects and their role in urban resilience planning. It is engaged in nine secondary cities across four countries Patuakhali and Faridpur in Bangladesh; Sialkot and Abbottabad in Pakistan; Malay (Aklan), La Trinidad (Benguet), Del Carmen (Surigao del Norte), and Janiuay (Iloilo) in the Philippines and Yangon in Myanmar. Oxfam partner organisations are Philippine Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) in the Philippines; Community Development Centre (CODEC) and Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) and Oxfam Bangladesh in Bangladesh; Association for Gender Awareness & Human Empowerment (AGAHE) and Omar Asghar Khan Foundation and Oxfam Pakistan, in Pakistan; and Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) in Myanmar.
The project deliverables are as follows:
- Community led projects (CLPs) designed and implemented in nine cities which integrate NBS/green infrastructure.
- Publication of three knowledge products – i) Guidebook on Resilience Planning ii) Toolkit on how to implement community-led projects iii) Knowledge product on how to integrate community-led projects into ADB loan projects.
- Convening of two peer-to-peer learning events.
BRUC project began in October 2017 and concludes in October 2021. CLPs have been designed for 8 of the 9 cities, Yangon’s CLP will be designed in October/November 2020.
Duties and Responsibilities
This consultancy will support the final stage of the programme and will focus on:
- Supporting the integration of nature-based solutions/green infrastructure into the CLPs for Sialkot, Abbottabad, Faridpur and potentially Yangon, as appropriate.
- Ensuring nature-based solutions and green infrastructure initiatives are appropriate for the context, reduce community level risks, build the resilience of communities and represent the needs and aspirations of local communities.
- Undertaking essential green infrastructure assessments e.g. hydrological model analysis, water balance studies, watershed analysis, etc as appropriate to support the NBS component and sustainable design of CLPs.
- Developing and strengthening the capacity of project stakeholders in the 9 cities on the design and implementation of nature-based solutions and green infrastructure for urban resilience, including by participating in the two peer to peer learning events, and ad hoc webinars.
- Documenting the use of nature-based solutions and the role of nature and green infrastructure in all CLPs including by contributing to the development of the three knowledge products.
- Providing technical assistance and support in developing toolkits, knowledge products, resource guides, training materials/manuals, documentation of case studies and lessons, and other technical resources related to nature-based solutions and green infrastructure.
- Experience of working to create a positive team culture and commitment to Oxfam’s values of equality, empowerment, solidarity, inclusiveness, accountability and courage.
- Have a recognized degree in environmental, engineering or related discipline.
- At least 10 years’ experience in designing and overseeing the implementation of green infrastructure/ bioengineering/nature based. solutions
- Experience within a consultancy environment in providing advice to clients on the benefits and importance of biodiversity, green infrastructure, natural capital and ecosystem services.
- Experience in the design and/or construction management on major infrastructure (particularly Community Led) projects in Asian Countries.
- Experience of contributing to knowledge products, guides, toolkits, case studies, etc
- Experience of reporting directly to internal and external clients.
- Adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values as well as the promotion of gender justice and women's rights.
- Perform priority organizational tasks related to his/her competencies as may be assigned from time to time.
- Accountability – Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions
- Empowerment – Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen
- Inclusiveness – We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.
Our values and commitment to safeguarding
Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.
Note: All offers of consultancy will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.